Social Services: Older People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) funding and (b) grants her Department makes available to elderly people in relation to the provision of social care.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government has given councils access to up to £3.9 billion for 2019-20. This includes a £240 million adult social care winter fund to help local authorities alleviate winter pressures on the National Health Service, getting patients home quicker and freeing up hospital beds across England. As a result of these measures, funding available for adult social care is increasing by 9% in real terms from 2015-16 to 2019-20, allowing councils to support more people including the elderly and to sustain a diverse care market.

The Disabled Facilities Grant supports older and disabled people, on low incomes, to adapt their homes to make them suitable for their needs. The amount of funding available has more than doubled from £220 million in 2015-16 to £505 million in 2019-20.

Furthermore, the most recent data shows public spending figures on adult social care amounted to £17.1 billion in 2017-18 with £5.3 billion spent on older adults.

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